2014 Stags Leap Wine Cellars Karia Napa Chardonnay
Balance is the key here to this excellent Chardonnay I found at a Costco in Reno, NV with a $5 off special, taking the already fair price of $24.99 (retail is closer to $35), down to $19.99. I should have bought a few more.
This wine starts with huge aromas of vanilla, butter and cream, followed by nice fruit, some melon, lemon, lime and green apple, notes of butterscotch. There’s not too much oak throughout; medium in body, creamy and light lingering oak in the close, but again, all presented in a nice balance. Finish is remarkable, long and lasting; this is a perfect food wine for almost any cuisine. It reminded me in some ways of the Far Niente Chardonnays I tried recently (the ’13 is excellent), but this one comes in at a much lower price point. A clear must buy for Chardonnay fans, and a wine that I will add to our Top Picks list.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points
(Did not get the item number, sorry)
Purchased at Costco in: Reno, NV